The Killers to Rock Down Under

The Killers to Rock Down Under

The Killers to Rock Down Under

The Killers will shine on in the hearts of Australian music lovers. To kick off 2013 in the midst of bliss and neon lights, the Vegas emperors will fill theatres from Down Under this month with their explosive and awe-inspiring rhythms. The emotion was electric and the stars aligned last year with the release of the band's new album Battle Born, followed by a world tour that finally brings The Killers back to Australian shores.

The last time The Killers performed on the soil of Oz was a few years ago while they were promoting their third album Day & Age as headliners of two festivals –the V-Festival (2009) and Good Vibrations (2010).

The joy ride started months ago when they announced they will headline the festival Big Day Out alongside bands like Red Hot Chili Peppers and Vampire Weekend- in five different locations: on January 18th in Sydney, then the festival will take them to Southport (QLD) on January 20th, in Adelaide on January 25th, Melbourne on January 26th, and finally Claremont on January 28th.

After the release of Battle Born, the American rock band announced two sideshows that will complement their appearances at Big Day Out in January. These shows will take place at intimate venues in Sydney –Metro Theatre- on January 16th, and in Melbourne –Palace Theatre –January 22nd.

Magic fills the stage when The Killers play. Their gigs are known for being breathtaking, mind-blowing, spectacular and marvelous. On this tour, Brandon's pedestal for the microphone is in the shape of a lightning bolt as the icon of their new album, from which they play many songs live.

Along with their new singles Runaways, Miss Atomic Bomb and Here With Me, they have been playing hot classics like Mr. Brightside, Somebody told Me, taking the audience on a journey across the galaxy with Spaceman, proclaimed time, truth and hearts on All these things that I've done, filled our eyes with tears with the line moon river, what you do to me from A Dustland Fairytale and burst out the seams with an explosion of adrenaline propelled by When you were young.

The music lives through Brandon Flowers' powerful and astounding vocals, Mark Stoermer's captivating bass, Ronnie Vanucci's powerful drums and mythical Dave Keuning's soul-filling guitar. These legendary band's performances more than ever sweep audiences off their feet… just as promised.

No… We can't wait till tomorrow.

Sculpture by the sea

Sculpture by the sea

Sculpture by the sea

Since Australia's population is mainly lives on the coastal areas, their lifestyle is highly influenced by the beach. This influence also permeates to artistic expression and it is indeed an original invention to display works of art by the sea.

This is what Sculpture by the Sea is about. Australian and international artists make use of their genius and talent to transform Bondi beach into a sculpture park. Over a hundred outstanding sculptures are displayed along a 2km coastal walk from Bondi to Tamarama.

The coastal walk begins at the bottom of Notts Avenue, which runs off Campbell Parade, Bondi. There are also many other access points to the walk along the exhibition route at Hunter Park, Gaerloch Avenue and Pacific Avenue. The exhibition ends at Tamarama Park, Marine Drive, Tamarama.

For a limited time, visitors can enjoy magnificent sculptures bewitching the landscape of the beach. 2013 is the event's 17th year and, even though the information about happening is yet to come, locals in Sydney look forward to the conjunction between sea and art.

Visitors can also find refreshment along the way. There are two cafes along the coastal walk where snacks and refreshments are available. You can either stop at the hub of the exhibition at the Marks Park Café or if you prefer to relax while overlooking Tamarama Beach, the Tamarama Café is the place for you.

If you have more appetite, there is a large rage of restaurants at Bondi such as Bondi Trattoria Café Restaurant (34b Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach), Icebergs Dining Room and Bar (1 Notts Avenue, Bondi), and Ravesi's (118 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach). There are a few others nearby in Paddington like Buon Ricordo (108 Boundary Street), Lucio's (47 Windsor Street).

Midsumma Festival 2013

Midsumma Festival 2013

Midsumma Festival 2013

In 2013 Midsumma Festival is celebrating a quarter of a century since its foundation and it does it with a sky-high gala of arts, music, parties and events. Located in the heart of Melbourne, Midsumma is Victoria's premier GLBTIQ arts and culture festival, and this year it takes place from January 13th to February 3rd.

This open-access festival opens on the 13th with Carninal, T Dance and the Gold Party. The Opening Day Events are all centred around Birrarung Marr and Federation Square. The opening starts with the Carnival which is Midsumma's Iconic Opening Picnic & Celebration. The Dance is according to the official website Melbourne's ultimate Queer Outdoor Dance Party, where people can dance and laugh under the sun. The dancing continues in the Gold Party.

After the Opening Day, events include performing arts, visual arts, spoken world, film, music, community events, sporting events and parties. Bent Burlesque is a night full of action with the performance of Australia's best vajazzle razzlers who bring their twisted tease, erratic erotica and Bent Burlesque. Another event called Gaybies is real life stories of children who have been brought up by same-sex parents.

One highlight is HAIR: The Rock Musical. The show brings the love factor to the Midsumma. Hair tells the story of politically active hippies living in NYC during the protests against the Vietnam War. The musical is renowned for its profane depiction of the use of illegal drugs, treatment of sexuality, irreverence for the American flag and the controversial nude scene, states the official website.

Visitors can find delight in adults and family shows, original theatre performances and themed parties. On Saturday 19th, attendees can enjoy the famous Movies Under the Stars, Melbourne Queer Film Festival, which presents four warm and romantic nights of queer film favourites.

Visual Arts Premier Events include Blue and Pink Phenomenon which is an exhibition of Australian Artists who explore the phenomenon of Queer. Also, an outstanding exposition by Yarra Arts titled Energy from Stillness harnesses the strength and imagination from 2 and 3 dimensional artworks to create an exhibition that is truly one of beauty.

Midsumma comes to a close on February 3rd with a Pride March beginning from 2pm in the park, near the corner of Lakeside Drive and Fitzroy St, St Kilda, and finishing in the Catani Gardens.

Even though there are many free events running throughout the festival, some of them request an entrance fee. Tickets can be purchased online, via phone (03 9415 9819), or at the Box Office, located on Ground Floor, 225 Bourke Street, Melbourne).

Gotye tops international music charts in 2012

Gotye tops international music charts in 2012

Gotye tops international music charts in 2012

Perhaps it was the catchy rhythm of his tune or his melancholic lyrics, the fact is that Somebody that I used to know catapulted Australian artist Gotye to the top of the charts of the world last year.

You can get addicted to a certain kind of sadness… And we all did… get addicted to the gloomy of his song as it has topped US music download list for 2012, MTV UK most watched videos 2012, and has generally claimed its throne as number one track in Australia, US, UK and many other places in Europe.

Gotye's 2011 single Somebody that I used to know also reached number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, making him the fifth Australian based artist to do so.The singer-songwriter has also been nominated for three Grammy awards, while his album Making Mirrors won him five ARIA awards. The Melbourne-born artist has also received a nomination for an MTV EMA for Best Asia and Pacific Act.

Moreover, according to the Official Charts Company, Somebody that I used to know by Gotye featuring Kimbra –artist from New Zealand- was the biggest-selling UK single last year. The song was downloaded a record 6.8 million times. This happened in a year in which the record for sales of UK singles was broken for the fifth time in a row. 188.6 million singles were bought in 2012, the vast majority of which (99.6%) were bought as digital tracks.

The track also sparked numerous covers that flooded YouTube. A significant cover of the song was the one performed by Walk Off the Earth. In their video, 5 of them play the guitar and take turns to sing the song. The cover video became extremely popular and has garnered several visits on YouTube. Both the official video and the cover by Wall Off the Earth have inspired several parody videos that are all over YouTube.